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Detroit Mourns Aretha Franklin (in Photos)

Thousands celebrated the singer's life and legacy during a final send-off in her hometown this week.
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Aretha Franklin's hometown of Detroit, Michigan, celebrated the singer's life and legacy in a final send-off this week.

On Friday, friends, family, and an assortment of celebrities and dignitaries gathered for Franklin's funeral in Detroit. Earlier in the week, during a public viewing, tens of thousands of people queued outside the Baptist church where Franklin's father once ministered—some even breaking out in song while waiting to pay their respects, NPR's Debbie Elliot reports.

At a separate viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Tuesday, mourners spoke of Franklin's legacy as a trailblazing musician and activist. "I think it's incredibly significant—she is being honored almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States," Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech, told the Los Angeles Times. "[She was] a singer of the universe."

Fittingly, the queen of soul's remains were transported in the white Cadillac hearse that once carried Rosa Parks, according to NPR. Here, scenes from the city where Franklin's career began.

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People prepare a makeshift memorial as fans gather for a final public viewing of the late soul singer's remains on August 30th, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.

People prepare a makeshift memorial as fans gather for a final public viewing of the late soul singer's remains on August 30th, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.

Aretha Franklin's remains arrive at the New Bethel Baptist Church for a final public viewing on August 30th, 2018.

Aretha Franklin's remains arrive at the New Bethel Baptist Church for a final public viewing on August 30th, 2018.

Fans of Aretha Franklin gather outside of the New Bethel Baptist Church, the church once ministered by her father Reverend C.L. Franklin, for a public viewing on August 30th, 2018.

Fans of Aretha Franklin gather outside of the New Bethel Baptist Church, the church once ministered by her father Reverend C.L. Franklin, for a public viewing on August 30th, 2018.

Thousands of fans await their chance to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin on August 30th, 2018.

Thousands of fans await their chance to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin on August 30th, 2018.

Reverend Jesse Jackson greets the crowd gathered outside the New Bethel Baptist Church for a final public viewing of the late soul singer's remains on August 30th, 2018.

Reverend Jesse Jackson greets the crowd gathered outside the New Bethel Baptist Church for a final public viewing of the late soul singer's remains on August 30th, 2018.

Fans of Aretha Franklin watch the singer's funeral on a giant screen outside Greater Grace Temple on August 31st, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. Dozens of musicians and dignitaries spoke and performed at the singer's funeral, including former President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and Smokey Robinson.

Fans of Aretha Franklin watch the singer's funeral on a giant screen outside Greater Grace Temple on August 31st, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. Dozens of musicians and dignitaries spoke and performed at the singer's funeral, including former President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and Smokey Robinson.

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